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Now those of you who have been following these weekly posts for a while are already familiar with the car landscape of neighboring countries like Egypt and Syria. Well, Israel is another beast altogether, with a set of popular brands unique in the world…
Israel is the only country in the world (I very strongly believe – but am not sure about all those small islands spread all over the Pacific Ocean…) where Mazda is the best-selling brand. And it has been so for at least a decade… The latest figures I have are over the first 10 months of 2010 and in that period the Israeli car market was up 28 percent year-on-year at 176,684 registrations, with Mazda delivering 25,808 sales for a 14.6 percent market share, ahead of Hyundai at 24,974 sales and 14.1 percent share.
The Mazda3 is the most popular car in Israel, and as far as my figures go back (2005) it has been #1, so a very strong domination indeed. Some years it has even held up to 12% of the Israeli market…by far its strongest share anywhere in the world.
Israeli consumers are quite similar to Spanish ones insofar as their preference for compact cars: the #2 spot in 2010 was held by the Toyota Corolla…
…and the Chevrolet Cruze comes in 3rd place.
Models ranking info outside the podium is vague but what I can offer you is rankings by segment.
At that game, Mazda wins 3 out of 4 times. The Mazda2 leads the mini segment…
…ahead of the Hyundai i20, the Suzuki Swift,
Seat Ibiza and Skoda Fabia.
The medium segment is dominated, we’ve seen it, by the 3, Corolla and Cruze and they are followed by the Hyundai i30 and Skoda Octavia.
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The Mazda6 is the best-selling large car…
ahead of the Ford Mondeo, Subaru Legacy, Honda Accord and Opel Insignia.
The only segment not dominated by Mazda is the 4WD/SUV/Crossovers, where the Hyundai Tucson leads the way…
|3||Suzuki Grand Vitara|
…ahead of the Toyota RAV4, Suzuki Grand Vitara, Nissan Qashqai and Subaru Forester.
That’s all the official data I have!
Now for the much-awaited bit of trivia that will focus the spotlight on your proud smile in those high society dinners. Well. You need to know that the only other country in the world where the Mazda3 is/was the best-seller is Australia, where it held the pole position over the first 6 months of 2011 before being passed by the Holden Commodore in July.
There. No one will know. That you can be certain of it.
And if someone should know, then you smugly answer: “It’s not a Mazda. It’s Ma-zu-da in Japanese!”
Now you’re an expert.
All figures and rankings are sourced from es.autoblog.com
Matt Gasnier, based in Sydney, Australia, runs a blog named Best Selling Cars, dedicated to counting cars all over the world.